Viva Merlot

We’ve all heard the quote from the iconic scene in the 2004 movie: Sideways ———> “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am not drinking any fu***ng Merlot!”

This ridiculous movie created something called the Sideways effect in the wine industry causing Merlot sales crater while increasing Pinot Noir production by 170% over the last 14 years. That’s the bad news…

The good news is that it seems this phenomenon might be on its last leg as Merlot sales are up 5% year over year – over the last several of years! I say, SCREW the Sideways effect and am ECSTATIC about Merlot’s steady comeback.


In the glass, this Napa Merlot has a dark purple center with pink edges and a translucent halo…

The nose SCREAMS fresh lumber while there are also dark chocolate and earthy notes… Another sniff brings out a chocolate chip cookie thing that is pretty awesome…

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a bright cherry pie start that heads toward Hersey’s Chocolate and cedar ———-> The mid-palate is full of cranberries and dirt and this lil guy finishes with grippy tannins and mild dark fruit…

Here’s a fun wine that will pair well with just about anything on the dinner table… If you are under the impression that you don’t like Merlot, WAKE UP! This is a variety that should’ve never been left behind and I am THRILLED that it is experiencing a resurgence!

2014 Trefethen “Merlot” Napa Valley CA

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